How to do an hotel

I have just returned from a wee trip to Manchester (work-related). Caught up with one or two of m’learned colleagues, and worked hard. I stayed in a different hotel this time around, one much handier for the office etc. And what a splendid place it was too: Malmaison. A laid-back hotel, stylish but not overly-styled, and with plenty of CDs to borrow from reception. The room was very comfortable and welcoming — not the usual bland corporate thing — and, and free broadband.

Yes, free internet access. I wonder if the big hotel chains are paying attention. When you’re spending upwards of £100 per night to stay in a hotel room, the least they can do is provide stuff like that. None of this $15 - 20 / day for iffy access!


  1. With this little sucker you can fight back: Weber#
  2. I have walked passed here many times! It's hard to tell from the few piccies, but maybe this is the converted building that used to house the Dolls Hospital?

    Either way, shouldn't the title be 'How to do a Hotel'?Simon Barratt#
  3. Re the building, you could well be right. It'certainly oldish. Sited right on Piccadilly, on the corner of a street that has the Rochdale canal running alongside it. It's five minutes from the office I work in when I'm up there, which is very close to the Canal Street area.

    As for "an" and "a", I'm combining with an "h" word, so I always use "an"! An archaic rule that may or may not be correct… ;-) Ben Poole#
  4. Is the 'C' in Canal street still crossed out???? ;-)

    Found this in Google… not sure if it really helps though!
    A or An?
    According to The Oxford Dictionary of American Usage and Style, "The indefinite article a is used before words beginning with a consonant sound, including /y/ and /w/ sounds. The other form, an, is used before words beginning with a vowel sound. Hence, a European country, a Ouija board, a uniform, an FBI agent, an MBA degree, an SEC filing. Writers on usage formerly disputed whether the correct article is a or an with historian, historic, and a few other words. The traditional rule is that if the h- is sounded, a is the proper form. Most people following that rule would say a historian and a historic--e.g.:'Democrat Bill Clinton appears within reach of capturing the White House in Tuesday's election, but Republicans hope that late momentum, can enable President Bush to win a historic upset' (Dallas Morning News). Even H.W. Fowler, in the England of 1926, advocated a before historic(al) and humble (MEU1).
    The theory behind using an in such a context, however, is that the h- is very weak when the accent is on the second rather than the first syllable (giving rise, by analogy, to an habitual offender, an humanitarian, an hallucinatory image, and an harassed schoolteacher). Thus no authority countenances an history[emphasis added], though a few older ones prefer an historian and an historical.
    Today, however, an hypothesis and an historical are likely to strike readers and listeners as affectations. As Mark Twain once wrote, referring to humble, heroic, and historical: 'Correct writers of the American language do not put an before those words' (The Stolen White Elephant,1882). Anyone who sounds the h- in such words should avoid pretense and use a (Garner 1).Simon Barratt#
  5. LOL Yeah, yeah, yeah, but what about ENGLISH hmm? I ain’t McMerican ;-) Ben Poole#
  6. Did you not know, we all speak American now!Simon Barratt#

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